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WATCH Issues 2008 List of 10 Worst Toys

As the holiday season approaches, more shoppers will start to arrive at toy and department stores to buy the latest toys for their sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews. To help parents and other purchase toys that are not only fun to play with but are safe for use, the nonprofit organization World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc. has issued its list of 10 toys that it considers dangerous enough that parents should exercise caution when allowing their kids to play with them.
WATCH’S List of 10 Worst Toys
1) Inflatable Giga Ball: WATCH notes that this inflatable ball (made by Kenscott Ltd.) that kids can crawl into, tumble around, and bounce in could cause potential impact and serious injuries.
2)Sportsman Shotgun: This toy is made by Parris Manufacturing Co. and comes with rubber bullets that could cause eyes injuries.
3) Animal Alley Purse Pet: WATCH is concerned that the hair on these dolls, made by Geoffrey Inc./Toys ‘R’ Us, can easily be removed and swallowed by kids, potentially causing aspiration and ingestion injuries.
4) Go Go Minis Pullback Vehicle: Made by Kid Galaxy Inc., WATCH is concerned that the toy truck’s back tires might come off and pose a choking hazard.
5) Spider-Man Adjustable Toy Skates: While Street Flyers LLC recommends that kids use knee pads, elbow pads, helmets, and wrist guards to prevent impact injuries, only the pads come with the skates.
6Walk’n Sounds Digger the Dog: At 14-inches long, the toy’s dog leash is 2 inches longer than the toy industry voluntary 12-inch limit and may cause strangulation or entanglement injuries. This product is made Hasbro/Playskool.
7) Pucci Puppies – My Own Puppy House Golden Retriever: This Battat Inc. toy comes with small parts that could pose a choking hazard to kids.
8) Meadow Mystery Play-a-Sound Book With a Cuddly Pooh: The Disney Pooh’s mask could pose a choking hazard to kids if removed.
9) Extreme Spiral Copters: This slingshot-like toy that could potentially cause eye injuries. Made by Toysmith Group.
10) TMNT Ninja Battle Gear – Michelangelo‚Ä®Hazard: While Playmates Toys Inc. warns that the toy’s small parts could pose a potential choking hazard, the toy manufacturer fails to warn parents of the potential for blunt impact injuries.
Dangerous and Defective Toys
Despite efforts to remove defective or dangerous toys from the marketplace, many hazardous toys continue to be available for purchase. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are still many toys available on store shelves that place children at risk for sustaining:

  • Choking injuries
  • Aspiration injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Impact injuries
  • Strangulation
  • Impalement
  • Lacerations
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lead exposure-related injuries
  • Magnet-related internal injuries
  • Death

W.A.T.C.H.’s annual list of 10 worst toys, Boston.com
Consumer Product Safety Commission
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